## Calculating x at equilibrium

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Diana_Anum1G
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### Calculating x at equilibrium

So from the example that Dr. Lavelle did yesterday when we were calculating x the equation was: 5.55x10^-10 =x^2/0.0600- x then we made it approximately equal to x^2/0.0600 which assumes that x was zero right? Can we expect to do this on the final instead of using the quadratic equation? Or should I be on the safe side and use the quadratic equation to find x?

Emma_Green_2C
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### Re: Calculating x at equilibrium

I think my TA said that if the Ka value is 10^-5 or smaller then you can assume x is zero. So under that circumstance I'm pretty sure you would be safe making that assumption on the final.

giareyes_2B
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### Re: Calculating x at equilibrium

I believe that you can assume that x=0 is correct if the value you got for x is less than 5% of the value you were subtracting it from. For example, you would take whatever value you got for x, and then divide it by .0600. If the percentage you get is less than 5%, then you should be fine in assuming.